Dürr expands market access in battery manufacturing technology with cooperation with Techno Smart

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Dürr is positioning itself in this growth market as a supplier of production technology and is expanding its market access to battery manufacturers through a cooperation with Techno Smart, a leading Japanese manufacturer of coating systems.

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GM boosting face mask production; sharing mask manufacturing plans

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Based on the number of requests for face masks for frontline workers, GM is increasing its production capacity for face masks at its Warren, Michigan facility. In addition, the company has shared its manufacturing plans with GM suppliers along with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association and the Michigan Manufacturers Association ( MMA ) to help other manufacturers ramp up their own production efforts.

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Snam invests €33M in electrolyzer manufacturer ITM Power

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ITM Power, despite the green hydrogen sector being still at an early stage of development, is already present on the global market with various solutions and has partnerships with leading international energy operators. ITM Power has a market capitalization of around £1.4

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Ford to assemble electric E-Transit van in Kansas City; building out $3.2B North American EV manufacturing capability

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billion investment in Ford’s North American manufacturing facilities to produce a series of new electric vehicles for commercial and retail customers. Ford’s strategy is different—we are delivering affordable, capable electric vehicles in the heart of the retail and commercial market rather than six-figure status vehicles. —Kumar Galhotra, president, Americas and International Markets Group. Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle Manufacturer

PSA and Total create JV for manufacture of EV batteries in Europe; €5B investment

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With this partnership, the parties are setting up a world-class player in the development and manufacture of high-performance batteries for the automotive industry from 2023. Total/Saft will contribute its expertise in R&D and industrialization, and Groupe PSA its knowledge of the automotive market and its experience in production. At the end of this R&D phase, mass production could be launched in two “gigafactories”, in Douvrin (France) and Kaiserslautern (Germany).

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Tesla seeking 56% cut in $/kWh, $25K EV in three years through manufacturing and design innovations

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The baseline precept for the presentation was the centrality and associated difficulty of manufacturing new technologies at a scale sufficient to make a tangible difference. The first is terawatt-scale battery production. What does this mean for future products?

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DOE to award $67M to stimulate manufacturing technology innovation

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a $67-million funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0002252 ) to stimulate technology innovation, improve the energy productivity of American manufacturing, and enable the manufacturing of cutting-edge products in the United States. Manufacturing Market Background

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SEAT manufacturing automated ventilators with adapted windshield wiper motors

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—Nicolás Mora from the Production area of SEAT Martorell. Taking an assembly line that manufactures subframes, a car part, and adapting it to make ventilators has been a lengthy, difficult job involving many areas of the company, and we managed to do it in the record time of one week. Health Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Nikola & GM form strategic partnership; GM to engineer & manufacture Nikola Badger BEV & FCEV; 11% ownership

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General Motors will engineer, homologate, validate and manufacture the Nikola Badger battery electric and fuel cell versions. General Motors is one of the top engineering and manufacturing companies in the world. Nikola Corporation and General Motors Co.

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XPeng enters into cooperation agreement for new smart EV manufacturing base in Guangzhou; $586M in financing

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According to the terms of the Cooperation Agreement, Guangzhou GET Investment agrees to provide RMB 4 billion (US$586 million) in financing to help fuel XPeng’s growth as well as support the construction of a new smart EV manufacturing base for XPeng in the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone. billion (US$191 million) to construct the smart EV manufacturing base according to design requirements and specifications to be provided by Guangdong Xiaopeng.

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DOE selects national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected 13 projects through a Battery Manufacturing Lab Call with combined funding of almost $15 million over three years. Hydrothermal Production of Single Crystal Ni-rich Cathodes with Extreme Rate Capability. Continuous high yield production of defect-free, ultrathin sulfide glass electrolytes for next generation solid state lithium metal batteries. Scale-up Production of Graphene Monoxide for Next-Generation LIB Anodes.

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Dürr and Techno Smart partner on manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries for e-cars

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Dürr is positioning itself in the growing Li-ion battery market as a supplier of production technology and is expanding its market access to battery manufacturers through a cooperation with Techno Smart, a leading Japanese manufacturer of coating systems.

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Aeva and ZF to bring first FMCW LiDAR to production for autonomous driving applications

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Aeva , a company building next-generation sensing for autonomous vehicles ( earlier post ), and ZF are partnering to bring the first Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR to market for autonomous driving applications. We have seen that different markets require different solutions.

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BASF markets new Licity anode binders for Li-ion batteries

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BASF has developed a new anode binder series for Li-ion battery manufacturing. BASF’s Licity product range for lithium-ion battery binders are suitable for pure graphite as well as silicon-containing anodes. Furthermore, CO 2 can be saved when Licity products are manufactured according to the biomass balance approach. In this binder version, biomass is fed into BASF’s production process and allocated to the binder. Batteries Manufacturing Materials

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DOE’s Manufacturing Institute to award $35M to support R&D in recycling, reuse and remanufacturing

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Reducing EMbodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Manufacturing Institute announced approximately $35 million to support research and development (R&D) that will enable US manufacturers to increase the recovery, recycling, reuse, and remanufacturing of plastics, metals, electronic waste, and fibers. Manufacturing Market Background Recycling

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DOE selects 11 manufacturing and materials projects to receive $3.3M for high performance computing research

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The projects will use high performance computing to address key technical challenges in US manufacturing and materials development. Through DOE’s High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, selected teams will work with the Department’s National Laboratories to apply advanced modeling, simulation, and data analysis for projects that improve manufacturing productivity and explore materials that can withstand extreme conditions.

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GM boosting EV product spending to $27B through 2025; 1st use of Li-metal anode in GM battery

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We can accelerate our EV plans because we are rapidly building a competitive advantage in batteries, software, vehicle integration, manufacturing and customer experience. Manufacturing efficiencies through GM’s Ultium Cells LLC joint venture with LG Chem. General Motors Co.

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DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office to award $8.5M to 7 small business R&D projects

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Of these projects, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) will fund seven selections totaling $8.5 million for technology innovations that improve energy efficiency, material productivity, and competitiveness for US manufacturers. manufacturing industry. Sironix Renewables will develop a novel separations technology for a new class of hard water-effective, low-cost active ingredients for cleaning products. Manufacturing Market Background Recycling

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Mullen Technologies executes LOI for $135M in funding to acquire an existing EV manufacturing plant in the US

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a Southern California-based licensed electric vehicle manufacturer, executed an LOI with Axiom Financial for $135 million in funding to acquire and build out an electric vehicle manufacturing plant. At this time, Mullen is pre-approved for funding via non-recourse, asset-backed Line of Credit (“LOC”) totaling $135 million with Axiom Financial to be used for the purchase of the plant to manufacture Mullen Electric vehicles. Mullen Technologies Inc.,

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ROUSH CleanTech enters EV market with Class 6 electric vehicles

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ROUSH CleanTech, known for its advanced clean transportation solutions, is entering the electric truck market. ROUSH built the electric trucks to Penske’s specifications to ensure a satisfactory experience across many market segments.

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Hyundai Motor and INEOS partnering on driving hydrogen economy forward

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Hyundai and INEOS will jointly investigate opportunities for the production and supply of hydrogen as well as the worldwide deployment of hydrogen applications and technologies. The dedicated hydrogen-powered SUV has the longest driving range among hydrogen-powered vehicles in the market. Hyundai is one of leading company in the field of fuel cell technology having started the world’s first mass production of fuel cell electric vehicles in 2013.

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USA Rare Earth acquires US rare earth permanent magnet manufacturing capability from Hitachi; mine-to-magnet

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USA Rare Earth, LLC, the funding and development partner of the Round Top Heavy Rare Earth and Critical Minerals Project in West Texas, has purchased the neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) permanent magnet manufacturing equipment formerly owned and operated in North Carolina by Hitachi Metals America, Ltd. Industry sources estimate the rare earth magnet market will nearly double by 2027. At present, no other NdFeB permanent magnet manufacturing plant is operational in the Americas.

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Syzygy raises $5.8M in Series A to develop photocatalytic platform for clean chemical and fuel manufacturing

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Syzygy is advancing a new photocatalytic chemical reactor that could significantly reduce the cost and carbon emissions in the production process for a wide range of major chemicals such as fuel, fertilizer, and plastic. Syzygy’s first go-to market is focused on a distributed hydrogen production system for small-scale hydrogen consumers. Catalysts Fuels Hydrogen Production

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New $3M round of funding for DOE High Performance Computing for Manufacturing

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million in funding to spur the use of US National Laboratory supercomputing resources to strengthen domestic manufacturing. Under DOE’s High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) solicitation, competitively-selected project teams will work with the labs to apply advanced modeling, simulation, and data analysis to achieve energy, material, and cost savings in manufacturing.

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OXIS Energy to build Li-S manufacturing plant in Brazil

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OXIS Energy and the Minas Gerais Development Company CODEMGE have signed a 15-year lease agreement with Mercedes Benz Brazil (MBB) to take possession of a plant located at the MBB manufacturing site in Juiz de Fora in southeast Brazil to build a Li-sulfur battery manufacturing operation. Phase 1 will be to lease around 20,000 sq meters to enable the production of 5 million Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) cells per year with the option to extend and double the estate and cell capacity.

First BMW electric iX3 comes off production line at BMW Brilliance Automotive in Shenyang, China

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The first fully-electric BMW iX3 has left the production line at the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture (BBA) in Shenyang, China. The workforce at the BBA Plant Dadong in Shenyang already celebrated the successful start of production on 29 September 2020.

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GM to lead design, development and manufacturing of own family of next-generation EV drive units and motors: Ultium Drive

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General Motors announced that it will design, develop and manufacture a family of five interchangeable electric drive units and three motors, known collectively as “Ultium Drive.” Electric (Battery) Market Background Motors Transmissions Vehicle Systems

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Mercedes-Benz announces strategic partnership and equity stake in Chinese battery cell manufacturer Farasis

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Mercedes-Benz has entered a far-reaching strategic partnership with the Chinese battery cell manufacturer Farasis Energy (Ganzhou) Co., The contract will provide a secure source of supply of battery cells for Mercedes-Benz’s electrification strategy, while Farasis gains security for its planned construction of production capacity. The stake will give Daimler the option to nominate a representative for a seat on the supervisory board of the battery cell manufacturer.

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Nuvera expands product line with new E-60 fuel cell system

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Building on the design of the E-45 engine released earlier this year, the E-60 model provides 59 kW net output power (67 kW gross power) to help OEMs meet increasing vehicle performance demands and market requirements, broadening the range of applications that can benefit from fuel cell power.

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AKASOL entering N. American market with new battery production facility for commercial vehicles

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Germany-based AKASOL, a manufacturer of high-performance lithium-ion battery systems for commercial vehicles, plans to open a production facility in the metro Detroit area of Michigan. Opening dedicated operations in North America comes in response to specific demand for the firm’s high energy battery modules from major international manufacturers and will allow AKASOL to pursue ambitious growth plans for the region. Batteries Manufacturing

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Britishvolt and the Welsh Government sign MoU to develop 30 GWh battery manufacturing plant at Bro Tathan

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Britishvolt has signed an MOU with the Welsh Government as both parties work together on plans to develop a commercially viable 30 GWh battery manufacturing plant, and supplementary 200MW solar plant, at the former RAF base at Bro Tathan , Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

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Siemens and EDAG intensify cooperation on additive manufacturing for automotive

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Siemens is intensifying its cooperation with the EDAG Group —a leading global independent engineering company for the automotive industry—further to promote industrial applications of additive manufacturing (AM) and to make engineering and production processes more efficient. intelligent modular system features a combination of bionically designed and additive-manufactured nodes and high-strength, energy-absorbing aluminum extrusion profiles.

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Toyota and Suzuki to start discussing joint projects for technological development, vehicle production, and market development; India and Africa

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Toyota Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) agreed to start discussing new joint projects in the fields of technological development, vehicle production, and market development. Meanwhile, the two companies have also been broadening the scope of their partnership considerations to include joint efforts related to production and market development. Africa Electric (Battery) India Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

Conversion of Volkswagen Emden plant for EV production underway

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Volkswagen has begun conversion of its Emden, Germany plant to support the production of Evs; the first electric cars are to roll off the production line there from 2022. With the conversion of our plant at Emden into a production location for electric vehicles, Volkswagen is forcing the pace of system change. is to start production there in 2022 and will be followed by other all-electric models later. We are converting a major automobile plant during production.

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UK awards £28M for 5 demonstration-phase low-carbon hydrogen production projects

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million) to five demonstration phase projects for low-carbon hydrogen production. The project concerns the production of hydrogen at scale from offshore floating wind in deep water locations. The concept consists of a large-scale floating wind turbine (nominally 10 MW) with an integrated water treatment unit and electrolyzers for localized hydrogen production. The company will also develop further plans for large scale production of electrolyzers.

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Semcon developing new robotic cell with vision technology to streamline fuel cell production

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International technology company Semcon is currently deepening its collaboration with fuel cell manufacturer PowerCell ( earlier post ) through a new framework agreement and by developing and deploying an entirely new robotic cell for testing new fuel cell production technology with the aim of making the fuel cells more efficient. This new robotic cell will fully automate part of the production flow, which requires high precision. Fuel Cells Manufacturing Market Background

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Saietta Group wins APC grant to bring production of axial flux traction electric motor to 150k units per year

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UK-based tech company Saietta has won a major grant , through the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Center (APC) that will fast-track the first stage of the production process ramp-up for its innovative Axial Flux Traction (AFT) electric motor. Electric (Battery) Market Background Motors

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Teijin joins AZL Partner Network for Lightweight Production Technology

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The network is launching one of their many joint projects today—an eight-month project to develop and manufacture multi-material battery enclosures for electric vehicles. Manufacturing Materials Weight reduction

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Volkswagen Group to expand EV production worldwide to 16 sites by end of 2022; partnerships with battery manufacturers

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The Volkswagen Group is expanding its production of electric vehicles to 16 locations around the globe by the end of 2022. To ensure adequate battery capacity, partnerships with battery manufacturers for Europe and China have already been agreed. When “Roadmap E” was launched last fall, Volkswagen announced plans to build up to three million electric vehicles annually by 2025 and market 80 new electric Group models.

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Battery manufacturer Northvolt raises $600M to invest in capacity expansion, R&D and giga-scale recycling; Volkswagen kicks in more

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European battery maker Northvolt signed a $600-million private placement, led by Baillie Gifford, Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and Volkswagen AG, enabling the company to make further investments in expanding its production and recycling capacity as well as R&D activities to support the target of establishing 150 GWh of manufacturing capacity in Europe by 2030. Batteries Europe Manufacturing Recycling

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BMW Group expands use of additive manufacturing processes in series production; planar technologies

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The BMW Group has been using components from 3D printers in series production since 2012; more than 10,000 additively-manufactured parts are built into the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The Additive Manufacturing Center at the company’s Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ) has also been using these forming processes to produce parts for the new Rolls-Royce Dawn since the beginning of the year. —Udo Hänle, head of Production Strategy, Technical Integration.

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Ford reorganizes Asia Pacific markets; establishes stand-alone China business

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Fleet will also oversee the establishment of a new International Markets business unit, which will initially comprise Ford’s existing Asia Pacific businesses outside of China and other markets globally—the subject of a future announcement. The moves are designed to accelerate Ford’s return to profitable growth in China, the world’s largest vehicle market and a key pillar of Ford’s global strategy. China Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Borealis Fibremod technology available for N American market; glass and carbon fiber-reinforced polypropylene

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Borealis, a supplier of polyolefin plastic materials for engineering applications in the automotive industry, announced the availability of Fibremod, its innovative carbon and glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene (PP) technology, for the North American automotive market.

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